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Downtown Development Authority (DDA)

The DDA is a body created under authority of P.A. 197 of 1975, as amended, for the purposes of preventing deterioration in business districts, to create and implement development plans, to issue bonds, and to utilize tax increment financing. The Midland DDA is a department of the City of Midland.

Mission: To foster a dynamic downtown environment that promotes economic growth and social interaction.  

The DDA’s vision is to provide small city charm with big city choices.

How the DDA is Financed: As a department of the City of Midland, you can check out the City’s budget by visiting the Grace A. Dow Memorial Library, or by visiting the City’s website at cityofmidlandmi.gov

The DDA Board of Directors:

The DDA Board meets on the second Wednesday of each month in City Hall’s Council Chambers. Board meetings are televised on MGTV Charter Cable Channel 188 (schedule can be found at cityofmidlandmi.gov). Our meeting packets, including agenda, financial statements, and previous month’s minutes, are available on the City of Midland website.

Members of the DDA Board are below.

  • Brad Kaye, Assistant City Manager – City of Midland
  • Marty McGuire (DDA Chair) – Dow Gardens
  • Robert Rathbun, Regional President – Chemical Bank
  • Robert “Bo” Brines, Owner – Little Forks Outfitters
  • Dave Kell, Director of Finance – Midland Area Community Foundation
  • Paul Barbeau, President and General Manager – Great Lakes Loons
  • Bo Miller, Global Director, Corporate Citizenship – The Dow Chemical Company
  • Bobbie Arnold, President/CEO – Charles J Strosacker Foundation
  • Jim Wright, Realtor – ReMax of Midland
  • Jonathan Lauderbach, Attorney – Warner Norcross & Judd
  • Cathy Bott, Retail Adv. Director – Midland Daily News
  • Jim Malek, Resident Representative
  • Bryan Jao, Chief Program Officer ~ Midland Center for the Arts

In addition, the DDA has four standing committees: Executive Committee, Economic Sustainability, Communications, and Budget and Finance.

If you are interested in serving on the DDA Board, please fill out an Application.

DDA Strategic Plan

Download a copy of the current DDA Strategic Plan 2015-2020
Download a copy of the 2016 Plan of Work

DDA Meeting Agendas / Minutes / Streaming Video:

Keep informed about DDA business by visiting the City of Midland website for meeting agendas and minutes, plus streaming video of DDA Board meetings.

As always, you are welcome to call the DDA office at 989-837-3330 or email downtown@downtownmidland.com with any questions, concerns, or comments you may have.

DDA Annual Budget:

Read the current year budget, which was approved by Midland City Council at www.cityofmidlandmi.gov.

Midland Downtown Business Association (MDBA)

The Midland Downtown Business Association is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization created to benefit the Midland community.

The Midland Downtown Business Association strives to be the place where community happens. The MDBA works to accomplish this through events and festivals, branding and marketing, enhancing the quality of the district and building partnerships throughout the region.

The association is a community organization that provides an intimate, innovative, and enjoyable downtown experience.

Leasing Space Downtown

Click here to view the latest leasing opportunities in Downtown Midland.

Retail Incubator Program

New businesses to Downtown Midland can receive up to $10,000 in lease assistance for 18 months through the Downtown Midland Incubator Program. Click on the links below to find out more.

Facade Program

The Midland Downtown Development Authority’s Façade Program provides financial assistance and incentive for new and existing businesses in the downtown district to improve the front and/or rear façade of their building.

Through the program, businesses and/or property owners can receive:

  • a grant of up to $5,000; and/or
  • a zero interest loan of up to $10,000 amortized over seven years for approved exterior property improvements.

Applicants must match the grant and loan amounts dollar for dollar, and improvement concepts are subject to review and approval by the DDA.

Façade applications must be reviewed and approved by the DDA Economic Sustainability Committee and then forwarded to the DDA Board of Directors for final approval. The Economic Sustainability Committee meets the fourth Tuesday of each month and the DDA Board, the second Wednesday of the month.

Sidewalk Use Policy

The Midland Downtown Development Authority (DDA) encourages sidewalk activity that enhances public use and enjoyment while maintaining safety on our public right-of-way.  With proper design and management, sidewalk activities can be a great way to encourage pedestrian activity which adds vitality and energy to the downtown environment and promotes economic development.  A well-managed sidewalk use policy helps to make this happen.

There are different types of permissions required by the City of Midland prior to using the sidewalk (public right-of-way) in downtown Midland including outdoor dining areas, outdoor merchandise areas and sidewalk entertainment.

The Sidewalk Activities Policy provides a roadmap for how to apply for sidewalk use permits, what occurs as part of the application approval process and the guidelines that govern sidewalk usage for retailers, restaurants and entertainers.

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